A sense of where you are

I haven’t read anything by Jonathan Maberry, but I do like his blog confab on regional mysteries and the importance of a strong sense of place in storytelling. Since I have a crime novel manuscript currently stuck in publisher layoff limbo, one set in a working-class New Jersey town, I found much of the talk interesting, at the very least. No doubt about it: The setting in which your characters operate should be at least as well developed as the characters themselves.

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One thought on “A sense of where you are

  1. Rix says:

    Most entertaining about Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak & Danny Boyle series has been watching his fictional LBI town of Sea Haven taken on more & more attributes of Seaside Heights. Wish he’d grown the characters with as much playfulness & humor. In his latest, Mind Scambler, which I haven’t read yet, the two shore town cops visit Atlantic City. Why does he need AC? If he has to get the guys out of Sea Haven, he hasn’t used the marshes & Pine Barrens.

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